International Session on

Nanomaterials: fabrication, characterisation and applications

In conjunction with 10th International Conference of Lithuanian Chemists, 14-15 October, 2011, Vilnius

Organizing committee:

Valentinas Snitka, Kaunas TU, Chairman
Ingrida Bruzaite, VGTU, Executive
Arturas Ulcinas, Kaunas TU
Carles Canes, Instituto de Microelectrónica de Barcelona
Harri Lipsanen, Aalto University, Helsinki

Mervyn Miles, University of Bristol

A forum for applications in scanning probe microscopy and related technologies in nanomaterials chemistry research.

Following the successful session 2010, the 2nd workshop on Nanomaterials is organised by European Commission 7th Framework projects NANOMAT and NANOSUSTAIN and will run in conjunction with International Conference of Lithuanian Chemists, 2011.

In recent years the powerful combination of AFM with optical/fluorescence microscopy has opened new avenues for bionanotechnology and biomaterials, most importantly the possibility to correlate optical and AFM information. Using the combined AFM-fluorescence technique for the first time simultaneously the electrical plasma membrane potential and mechanical stiffness in a living cell have been monitored. The described method is applicable for any fluorophore, which opens new perspectives in biomedical research. Further important combinations of AFM with other techniques include Raman spectroscopy (TERS, tip enhanced Raman) enabling nanoscale chemical identification promising fundamental breakthroughs for nanosensing and early state diagnosis. The application of AFM and achievements in material science and nanotechnology on one side and in biophysics (biology, life science) is now ready to be applied to the environmental research. AFM will be used for investigating the unique biokinetics and toxicological potential of environmental nanoparticles, as well as propensities such as their shapes (e.g., spheres, tubes, rods), chemistries (e.g., metals, semiconductors, carbon) and different surface characteristics (coating, charge, porosity).

The interdisciplinary session (workshop) will focus on advances in the fields of:

- Scanning Probe Microscopies and other Nanoscale Characterisation Methods;
- Confocal Microscopy, TIRF;
- Raman Microscopy (TERS, SERS);
- Self-assembling and Biomimetic Nanomaterials;
- Synthesis and Fabrication on the Nanoscale;
- New and Emerging Applications of Nanomaterials and Devices.
- Toxicity of Nanomaterials

The session will take place in Vilnius, 14 October, 2011 and will share a venue with "CHEMISTRY 2011". List of invited speakers will be made available here shortly. Submit an abstract and register for the session: